Smashing Pumpkins Announce Release Date for ‘Oceania’


Story by Anne Erickson

EMI joins up with the Smashing Pumpkins to release the band’s latest album

Billy Corgan and the Smashing Pumpkins have found a new home! The legendary ‘90s grunge, dream pop band have announced an exclusive agreement with EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution to pump out their latest album, “Oceana.”

“Oceania” finally has a real release date, too: June 19. Mark it down, grunge rock kiddies. Corgan produced the album, and the disc’s label agreement is good throughout the world, except Canada, Australia and Brazil.

The band describes “Oceania” as “an album within an album,” within their 44-track work-in-progress “Teargarden by Kalidyscope” collection. “The Smashing Pumpkins created Oceania as an album experience, and it is intended for the process of the release to follow a path of inclusion, so that best efforts are made for all the fans hear it at the same time as press or radio,” explained Smashing Pumpkins manager Peter Katsis, in an official statement. “We were excited to find partners in EMI Label Services that were equally passionate about the plan for the album release as well as being huge fans of the Pumpkins.”

The Pumpkins and EMI actually have a lengthy history together. EMI released the band’s debut album, “Gish,” back in 1991, which was reissued last November with the band’s 1993 release, “Siamese Dream.” The suits at EMI say they’re happy to have the Pumpkins back in their camp. “We are thrilled to extend the long-term partnership between The Smashing Pumpkins and EMI with the release of Oceania,” said Mike Harris, EVP/GM of EMI Label Services / Caroline distribution. “Everybody at EMI Label Services is looking forward to working closely with Billy and the band to help them deliver their vision and their music to fans around the world.”


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